No blogging is not equal to not sewing or quilting. Since my last post, I have finished the quilt for my Mum and a few small cushion projects. In my the first post after my extended blogging holidays, I would like to show you a cushion cover. The pattern is the highland cow from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden, website The Tartankiwi.
This cushion cover was a wish from my friend Alice. She liked the highland cow cushion cover I made two years ago. Alice asked for a beige background instead of turquoise. But happy, colorful highland cow hair.
I have used my diverse Kona solids from stock, the background is Kona Ivory.
Quilting design is the same as the last cow cushion cover. Straight lines on the background. Copying the hair and face with colorful quilting thread.
I have inserted a zipper on the cushion bottom. The cushion backside is with same Kona Ivory as the cow background. This time I have quilted the back in diagonal lines, 1 inch apart and stitch length of 4mm.
Highland cow cushion cover with a laurel bush in the background.
I was taking the photos one late afternoon with less sunshine than we have normally. So this time each photo has an individual touch.
A photo of the cushion top before turning it into a cushion cover. It was so much fun working on a paper piecing project after some time. All my other projects were “pure cutting and piecing” patterns.
Where has the summer gone? We are now heading for Christmas. The cool and dark days are here. This gives me more time to prepare new posts instead of going to the beach. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post! Happy quilting!
During the corona lockdown times, I have more time for sewing and quilting. Andrea asked. If I could make her a set of placemats. Something geometrical, maybe triangles. And in her her favourite colours : blues, pinks, purples and turquoise.
I have seen this pattern some time ago on Craftsy/Bluprint, and saved this project for later. The pattern is by Jess Toye and the name is Thirty-Two Carat Paper-Piecing Pattern. I loved the design, and this is the right pattern for Andrea’s placemats.
Jesse has written the pattern instructions very well. In the pattern she explains both cutting and paper-piecing steps. Jesse has also included in the pdf file a few project ideas with this paper-pieced block. From placemats to a king size quilt and with different color options. Thanks to my fabric on stock, I could choose the (hopefully) right colours for Andrea.
Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines, 1/2″ apart. I have used quilting cotton thread King Tut 40/3 from Superior Threads, variegated color 939
Binding is Kona Solid in Bright Pink. To attach the binding I have used Mettler cotton quilting thread 40, color 959.
The backing fabric is once more Bomull calico from IKEA, 100% unbleached cotton.
Placemat size : 12″ x 18″ / paper-pieced unit size : 3″ x 9″
Thanks for visiting, keep safe and carry on sewing
It has been some time since I have made the two tri bull blocks. I checked my original post and it has been more than a year and half ago!? Gosh, where did the time go? I added fabric to the original block and now both blocks are 20″ x 20″. A good size for cushion covers.
Block A – the one with better fabric choice :
And block B – the first one I made, my color choice was not so ideal :
And here to compare the two blocks and quilting :
Thanks for visiting, happy quilting!
Well, hello everyone! It has been some time since my last post. This late summer and autumn, I took time off from sewing and patchwork, but enjoyed reading instead. I have found some great books and couldn’t stop reading them. I was a very regular customer in the wonderful bookstores in the city center of Prague. Not only did I get books in my native language Czech but also in German and English.
Autumn has arrived and let the outdoor temperatures drop. And I have finally finished piecing the rest of the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I could check my skills in different piecing techniques. Accurate cutting and piecing. Improvisational piecing, sewing curves, foundation paper piecing, hexagons, flying geese, half rectangle blocks.
So, here the last batch of photos before I start piecing the quilt top. Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #14 – #21 :
Even though there are two alternative finishings in the Quilt Along, I will make my design. Both quilts designs are very large. Far too large to quilt on a normal sewing machine.
Till next time, happy quilting barbora
Catching up with the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I have cut and pieced (nearly) all blocks. Each block is so different, with diverse sewing techniques. But all blocks are fun to make and with each block I have learned something new. All tips, hints and video tutorials are super helpful. At the moment, I have only put one block to the side: Oasis block with circles.
Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #6 – #8:
The center piece (petrol hue) is approx. 1 1/4″ finished, the next star in turquoise and orange is 4″ finished size. This was a real challenge!
Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #10 – #13:
Blocks with curves:
Foundation paper piecing blocks:
Looking forward to work on the next blocks, happy quilting